Toronto, Canada (May 17, 2013) – Join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) when they host a rare lecture tour by famous Canadian astronomer and comet-discover, David H. Levy.
David H. Levy, internationally renowned Canadian astronomer and science writer is famous for his co-discovery in 1993 of the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994. Levy has discovered 22 comets, and written over 34 books. The asteroid 3673 Levy was named in his honour.
Simon Hanmer, a long-time member of the RASC (Ottawa Centre), is this year's recipient of the J. Willis Ambrose Medal of the Geological Association of Canada, awarded for "sustained dedicated service to the Canadian earth science community". Dr. Hanmer spent most of his professional career in the Geological Survey of Canada.
The 2013 recipient of the American Astronomical Society's (AAS) Education Prize is incoming RASC Honorary President Prof. John R. Percy. The AAS Education Prize acknowledges outstanding contributions to the education of the public, students and the next generation of professional astronomers. Previous winners include Owen Gingerich, Frank D. Drake, and Fred Hoyle and Carl Sagan (both won the predecessor Annenberg Prize).